Idalia M. Fontecchio

It is with deep sorrow we announce the death of our mother, Idalia (Dolly) M. Fontecchio, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on September 17, 2020, at the age of 88.  She was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from North Dallas High School and North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas).  She also earned two masterís degrees in Spanish and French.  She was a long-time foreign language teacher in the Hattiesburg Public Schools (Spanish and French).  During her life, she was fortunate to travel to many destinations in Europe and Mexico.  She had many interests and especially enjoyed reading books about history and biographies.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining.  She was a devoted loving mother and will be greatly missed.   

She is preceded in death by her parents, Miguel and Angelina Salas, her sister Olivia Morris, and her youngest child, Stephanie, who passed away as an infant.    

She is survived by three children:  David Ragsdale (Priscilla) of Carrollton, Texas; Tony Fontecchio and Jon-Paul Fontecchio of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Taylor Ragsdale and Amelia Ragsdale; her brother Mike Salas (Cheryl) and several nieces and nephews of Plano, Texas.    

The family will hold a private graveside service at Highland Cemetery, in Hattiesburg, on September 19, 2020, in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines.